Although the Olympics have come and gone, we just found this video and just HAD to share. You see, the French national handball team won a gold medal last week, setting a record for being the "first ever country to win back-to-back gold medals" in their very close game with Sweden.
To celebrate, star players Nikola Karabatic (the one with the beard) and Xavier Barachet not only destroyed a table in the post-games clubhouse, but they also attempted to removed the shirt of the very earnest (and cute) Nicolas Jamain, a journalist for L'Equipe on BFM TV as he tries to get in the tiniest bit of interview.
Unlike in America, where male atheltes have to be overly masculine (as pointed out by our fave Megan Rapinoe), in France, rugby players get naked for homoerotic calendars, and the men undress each other for fun — why? Because they are not threatened by male sexuality and homophobia in the way that Americans can be — naturellement.
Hence, while the crowd in the background yells "A poil BFM!" [Get naked, BFM!], we invite our faithful readers to view this wonderful video, with a semi-complete translation of the interaction below:
Earnest Reporter: Nikola, a moment please.
Sexy Bearded Handballer: Ignores reporter and proceeds to unbutton his shirt.
ER: I'm doing what I can — I'm trying to do a real interview! Just a minute. It's not terribly interesting what's happening right now! [ed. note: not true!] What is this Nikola? What are you doing? Answer my questions please?
SBH: What is this? Go BFM! Go RMC [a French radio station]! Go Club France! Opens reporter's shirt entirely.
ER: I'm calling security right away because this is ridiculous. They call this handball—and only in handball could this happen. One question please?
SBH: Yells loudly ignoring reporter
ER: I believe it's a fail for tonight, I can't hear anything. Suddenly captures the attention of Nikola Karabatic, a.k.a. Sexy Beareded Handballer. Do you have anything to say to our comrades watching us in France tonight?
SBH: Our comrades? Thank you to our supporters tonight, many of whom are here. Thank you to you all who continued to believe in us, it's thanks to you that you are here tonight.